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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 05: (L-R) Producer Mark Burnett, entrepreneur Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump attend the after party for the Season Five Finale of

Donald Trump remains producer on ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’

Donald Trump is gone from the boardroom of NBC’s reboot of “Celebrity Apprentice,” but he has kept a connection to the reality show.

Scottish percussionist Colin Currie.

Music Review

A striking performance from percussionist Colin Currie

The Scottish musician’s solo recital rocked the house and raised the roof.

A rendering of the Peabody Essex Museum’s expansion and renovation, looking west on Essex Street in Salem.

Peabody Essex Museum breaks ground on expansion

The 40,000-square-foot new wing is just one element in what the Salem museum’s officials say will be a radical reimagining of the entire institution.

Donald Glover in “Atlanta.”

Ty Burr

‘Atlanta’ is a must-see Donald Glover experience

Is he the hardest working man in show business? It’s getting hard to argue otherwise.

Sam Waterston (second from left) with “Miss Sloane” castmates (from left) Jake Lacy, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Stuhlbarg at a recent screening in New York.


Sam Waterston talks ‘Miss Sloane’ — and more

The actor, best known for portraying Jack McCoy on “Law & Order,” discusses his new film, his fondness for Boston, and his reaction to the presidential election.

From left: Noah Britton, New Michael Ingemi, Jack Hanke, and Ethan Finlan make up the comedy troupe Asperger’s Are Us.

Making of ‘Asperger’s Are Us’ drew director into comedy troupe’s world

The film, which will stream on Netflix, follows the Massachusetts-based troupe as it prepares for a farewell show.

Megan Hilty performing with the Boston Pops in “A Company Christmas at Pops.”


Boston Pops gala raises record $1.25M

Megan Hilty, Governor Charlie Baker, and former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo joined Keith Lockhart’s ensemble on Wednesday night for the 33rd annual “A Company Christmas at Pops.”

An image from a rehearsal of “Hairspray Live!”


‘Hairspray Live!’ pushes the boundaries and wins big

Wednesday’s ambitious live version of the musical “Hairspray” on NBC was light and fun and soon had you stuck.

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 5, 2016 shows US singer Lady Gaga poses on the red carpet upon arrival to attend the British Fashion Awards 2016 in London. Pop icon Lady Gaga has revealed an ongoing battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), part of the emotional fallout from having been raped as a teenager. The singer-songwriter made the revelation during a television interview on December 5, 2016 at a New York homeless shelter for gay and lesbian (LGBT) youth.

Lady Gaga discusses PTSD struggle in open letter

Lady Gaga is opening up further on her struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder in an open letter.

Chuck Hoberman’s installation “10°,” at Le Laboratoire Cambridge.

Galleries | Cate McQuaid

Solving problems by degrees

Chuck Hoberman’s sculptures, at Le Laboratoire Cambridge, are as much design as art.

Jessica Chastain stars as a Washington, D.C. lobbyist in “Miss Sloane.”

Movie REview

A woman takes charge in ‘Miss Sloane’

“Miss Sloane” wavers between endorsing powerful women and arguing that they should be locked up. Jessica Chastain seems a little lost in the title role.

Isabelle Huppert and and Roman Kolinka in “Things to Come.”

Movie REview

Philosophy consoles in ‘Things to Come’

In “Things to Come.” Isabelle Huppert brilliantly portrays a philosophy teacher who is quietly divested of many of the things she cherishes.

Cameron Monaghan (left) as Ian Gallagher and Noel Fisher as Mickey in “Shameless.”


The ‘Shameless’ ship is sailing once again

What’s going to happen with Mickey and Ian?

Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Munn, Jason Bateman, and T.J. Miller are among the stars in “Office Christmas Party.”

Movie REview

Lock up the copier, ‘Office Christmas Party’ is here

“Office Christmas Party” is a surprisingly listless bacchanal from directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon (“Blades of Glory”) and a stacked cast that includes Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston.

Neil Young

Album Review

The power of protest on Neil Young’s ‘Peace Trail’

Young’s bare-bones 38th album shows he still carries protest in his heart.

Arthur Ganson’s kinetic sculpture “Child Watching Ball.”

Art Review

The sculpture goes round and round, to delightful effect

With breathtakingly elaborate mechanics and charmingly simple effects, Arthur Ganson’s kinetic sculptures at the MIT Museum are a marvel.

Music Review

New music that invites deep listening, dreaming

Dutch pianist Reinier Van Houdt’s performance of Michael Pisaro’s “Green Hour, Gray Future” invited the listener into an untethered state of hyper-sensitive listening.

John Krasinski to narrate new Disneynature film

The Newton native will lend his voice to “Born in China,” which will hit theaters on Earth Day.

From left: Megyn Kelly, Shari Redstone, and Sherry Lansing.


Shari Redstone honored by The Hollywood Reporter

She was among the many luminaries who attended THR’s 25th annual Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday.

New Repertory Theatre’s “Fiddler on the Roof.”


A ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at New Rep that is rich indeed

A familiar warhorse delivers one of the most rewarding local theatrical experiences of the year.

Kaleisha Chance, as Mary, holds Logan Watson (baby Jesus), while Derek Louizia (Joseph) and members of Black Persuasion look on in “Black Nativity,” presented by National Center of Afro-American Artists.

Stage Review

‘Black Nativity’ keeps tradition not just alive, but vital

The longest-running production in the country of Langston Hughes’s “gospel song-play’’ continues to provide emotional and spiritual nourishment.

Rachel Platten performing at Mix 104.1’s “Not So Silent Night” concert at the House of Blues on Tuesday.

Rachel Platten fills in for Meghan Trainor at House of Blues

The “Fight Song” singer came to the rescue because M-Train wasn’t feeling well.

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in Pablo Lorraín’s “Jackie.”

Four-star reviews by the Globe

These films all earned four-star reviews from Globe critics Ty Burr, Janice Page, and Peter Keough, as well as former Globe critic Wesley Morris.

Stephen King, pictured in 2013.


Stephen King thinks Bob Dylan rules

The author explains why the legendary singer-songwriter deserves the Nobel Prize.

Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy in Pablo Lorraín’s “Jackie.”

★ ★ ★ ★ | Movie Review

Natalie Portman captures emotional intimacy of ‘Jackie’

In this moving film, Natalie Portman plays the former first lady as a breathy, traumatized living doll fighting hard to become her own woman.

Elephant puppets of Circus 1903.

Circus show that evokes the past, features puppetry headed to Wang

Elephant puppets will be spotlighted in “CIRCUS 1903 — The Golden Age of Circus,’’ at the Wang in March 2017.

Pamela Adlon in FX’s “Better Things.’’


2016’s newest TV shows highlight some great performances

Every year, a number of performers show up on TV and make an immediate impression.

Artist and author Annie Weatherwax.


Author Annie Weatherwax excited about opening of ‘All We Had’

The Roslindale sees her first novel made into a movie in very short order

Maya Lin designed the Novartis building at 181 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. It is covered with interlocking blocks of granite pierced with a pattern of holes.


A work of art from Maya Lin on Mass. Ave.

Novartis’ Cambridge facility is the most interesting new building in town.

Laugh Lines

Laugh Lines: Greg Fitzsimmons

A joke from Greg Fitzsimmons, who plays Laugh Boston Thursday through Saturday.

Singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh is back, performing the songs of her long-running band Throwing Muses as well as her solo material.

For a new album, Kristin Hersh learned to let go

The Throwing Muses frontwoman has a new double album with an accompanying book, and new artistic insight borrowed from her son.

From left: Joel Colodner, Veronika Duerr, and John Gregorio in “Going to See the Kid.”

Stage REview

A winning road trip in Merrimack Rep’s ‘Going to See the Kid’

Two newspaper writers head south to meet an ailing Ted Williams in this humorous, warm-hearted crowd-pleaser.


From Trump on Twitter to Santa on Skype

A review of the week in things.

Rachel Harrison, Voyage of the Beagle (detail), 2007.

Art REview

Seeing art through artists’ eyes at Boston’s ICA

At the ICA, a new show celebrates artists who work with collections and archives.


After years of fund-raising, Chelsea opens new youth theater

The new Riseman Family Theatre is operated by Apollinaire Theatre Company in its Chelsea Theatre Works building.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Andris Nelsons, have again received multimple Grammy nominations.

BSO, Andris Nelsons celebrate more Grammy nominations

The orchestra earned two nominations for the 2016 installment of its “Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow” album series.

Actors performed on stage during a presentation of Love's Labour's Lost by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company held on the Boston Common last July.


The 2017 Shakespeare on The Common production will be. . .

For summer 2017, CSC has chosen the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. The company last performed the play about the star-crossed lovers in 1997.

Samantha Richert (left) and Marya Lowry in “The Tempest.’’

Stage REview

Burrows conjures a quiet storm in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s ‘The Tempest’

This production is a worthy, if imperfect, coda to the artistic director’s tenure.

John Mayer, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, and Dead & Company at Fenway Park last July.

Calling all Deadheads: Grateful Dead members to perform at Fenway Park

Dead & Company is coming back to Boston for two shows at Fenway Park in June.

Shay Mitchell and Kirby Johnson have been in Massachusetts to film


‘Pretty Little Liars’ star Shay Mitchell has been filming a horror movie in Mass.

“Cadaver” is about an ex-cop who takes a graveyard shift in a morgue and must deal with a suspicious cadaver (hence the title).

Stoughton’s Lori McKenna gets four Grammy nods

The mother of five has somehow put together a music career that revolves around her family.

“Hamilton” creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda.

‘Hamilton’ creators to help choose Wesleyan scholarship recipient

The creator and director of the Broadway hit will serve as honorary chairs of a committee giving someone a shot at a four-year scholarship.

Beyoncé pictured performing in November.

Beyoncé leads Grammy nominations with 9

The announcements were made by Nantucket’s Meghan Trainor

From left: Maddie Baillio, Jennifer Hudson, and Harvey Fierstein during rehearsal for “Hairspray Live!”


High hopes for NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live’

“Hairpray Live!” will star Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, the role he played – and won a Tony for – on Broadway.

James Taylor and his wife, Kim, at Sunday’s Kennedy Center Honors gala.

James Taylor celebrated by Bill Clinton and Sheryl Crow at Kennedy Center Honors

Clinton praised the life and career of 2016 honoree Taylor, whom he called a close friend, and introduced a musical tribute that included performances by Garth Brooks, who played “Shower the People,” and Sheryl Crow, who covered “Fire and Rain.”

Will the Boston lockdown one-night stand movie ever be made?

McCarthy told us that the movie could still happen; it’s still “in development,” and he checks in with producers every few months.